Greetings, and welcome to the inaugural "Random
Review." I realize that a lot of people out there like
to do the in-depth weekly reviews on current
shows...that's all well and good, but I think it would
be largely redundant if this was another one of
So, what I aim to do is to, at least weekly, take a
tape out of my collection (granted, it's about 99%
from the WWWhatever, but there's sill some gems in
there. I figure, it's at least worth something to pick
something out of the blue, and see how it stands up.
Now granted, I'm not an "insider". So if you're
looking for that, you'd better move on. My opinions
are totally unqualified. Additionally, if you have
anything that you want to get "randomized" let me know
Then, without any further delay, onto the goods!
Now, before I get started, I remember some of what was
on this tape, but I think that two different versions
were televised. I think there was this one, and
another that had a different set of matches (Hercules
with an impromptu face match against Sid Justice?). If
anybody out there remembers, let me know.
Tape: WWF's Prime-Time Tribute to Hogan
aka "March to WrestleMania VIII"
Original airdate: 3.92
++Clips of Hogan winning his first title++
Vince is in the studio. Nothing really to note, except
that he claims that Hogan's prayers, vitamins et. al
are "the very core of American traditional values"
Ooookay. I mean, those things are all well and good,
but let's not overstate things.
++Hogan vs Andre, WrestleMania III++
Picked up with Hogan's intro, and Monsoon and Brain
are on a voice-over. I loved Gorilla and Heenan, but
Gorilla and Ventura were probably tops on my list.
Brain says that they had to work out hand signals,
Gorilla helpfully infers that maybe Andre didn't want
to listen to him. Heh. Hogan is just getting pounded
out there. Brain trashes Andre, and then covers his
tracks by saying he was "clearing his throat". Okay,
that's good stuff. Hey, Hogan is still getting his ass
kicked. Andre misses a headbutt in the corner, and the
momentum has turned. Jeez, this match is slow. Hogan
misses a charge, and now it's so slow, it's like going
in reverse...and now it's a resthold. This is
ridiculous. This bearhug has been going on for over 2
minutes. And to think that Bagwell got canned for
using restholds, but not to this extent. Zzzzzzzzzz.
Brain rolls out another "big dummy". Now they're on
the outside, and Andre ends up headbutting the
ringpost, in the general sense of the word. HOGAN GOES
FOR A PILEDRIVER ON THE CONCRETE, BUT IT'S 1987! AND
OF COURSE, IT DOESN'T WORK! Back in the ring, and
Hogan hits the biggest bodyslam in history! Legdrop,
and it's over. Bad match, but monumental on a
On a side note, and to glance over something I'll talk
about in a later column, the set design was very
simple, but effective. I think the state designs today
may be a little too elaborate. If they could do
something like the "old days" for this WrestleMania,
that would kick ass, especially if they bring back the
NEWS FLASH: WBF BODYSTARS DEBUTS THIS SATURDAY AT
11/10C ON USA!!!
Recap of the angle leading up to Hogan's first "final"
match at WrestleMania VIII. Sid joins Hogan for a
posedown at SummerSlam 1991. Sid dumps Hogan at Royal
Rumble 1992. WM VIII press conference, and Sid is just
a little miffed that Hogan gets the title shot, and
Sid cuts an incoherent promo. And then, he cuts
another incoherent promo, and then leaves Hogan high
and dry during a rather famous edition of SNME. The
last one, if I recall. Brain notes that if Sid punches
Beefcake, there will be a "faceoff." Heh. Sid
terrorizes Beefcake on "The Barber Shop." Sid makes a
statement by beating Virgil (heh) and breaking his
nose. Clips of Sid vs. Hercules on 2-23-92.
Note: Unless anybody out there still thinks I'm like,
cool, or something, I marked out big when Herc came
out to his 1989/1990 music for this match.
Yeah! A first-run match!
The newly-turned Shawn Michaels (w/Sherri) vs "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Brain with the classic whistling bit when Michaels
comes out, and the crowd goes fairly berserk for
Piper. I believe this is a non-title match, but I
couldn't quite make it out. Sherri looks up Piper's
kilt, and Piper slaps Sherri on the ass. Shoving
match. Shawn backs puper into the corner, and then
Piper spits his gum at Shawn. Hehehe. More shoving,
and then the obligatory slap-fest. Michaels with a
running cross-body, but it's reversed into a pin.
Piper goes for an atomic drop, but Shawn reverses it
into a sweet rolling cradle. Piper with a monkey flip,
and Shawn completely oversells the post-shot. Ew, as
Piper "lays the smack down" on Sherri.
Commercials, including a classic milk commercial, and
am as for "Thunderheart" and "Jake Spanner, Private
Eye" Has anybody seen either of those movies, because
I sure haven't.
Back to the match, and Michaels clotheslines Piper out
of there, and rams him into the USS (unforgiving steel
stairs). Running double ax-handle off the apron, and
it's fistacuffs! Michaels with some kicks and punches,
and a 2-count. Headlock, and he hits the reverse
crescent kick. Michaels goes for the teardrop suplex,
and it backfires. Classic oversell as Michaels lands
laying across the corner, gets kicked, and lands in an
uncomfortable manner on the top rope. Ref bump, Sherri
takes off the boot, and Michaels clocks Piper, and now
the Hitman is on his way! Hart throws in the boot,
Piper swings and misses, but gets DQ'ed anyways, and
Piper is pissed. He tries to tell Bret off, but Bret
throws the belt into the ring and leaves. Fun match,
with some of the classic antics.
YEAH! Recap of the classic Savage/Flair angle! If
anybody doesn't know, Savage was my personal fave
during his WWF run. And Liz used to be quite the
Jumpin' Jim Brunzell vs. Ric Flair (non-title)
I couldn't figure out why they didn't push Brunzell or
Jim Powers more, or make a tag team out of them,
because they had to be the only jobbers outside of
maybe the Brawler that ever got any offense in. Lockup
goes nowhere. Brunzell witha side headlock, reversed
into a pin a couple of times, and now Flair with a
thumb to the eye. Chop in the corner, followed by
stomps, a belly-to-back, and a kneedrop.
Hey, you too can call the WrestleMania VIII hotline at
1.900.909.WWF8. I am so there! Brain inquires if you
can call collect. Hehe.
Back to the match, and Brunzell with some punches and
a backdrop. He hits his dropkick, but only gets 2.
Flair with the atomic drop on the leg, and the
figure-4 wins it.
Vince interviews Liz at her house. Nothing of note
here. Except that Vince rools out "besmirched" a long
time before Regal even hit the scene.
Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania VI.
Voice-overs again on commentary. Boy, this match
starts a lot slower than I remember. I mean, given the
participants, it was probably warranted. But shoving
and tests-of-strength can only get you so far. Hogan
gets the first power move (bodyslam) but it's no-sold,
and now Warrior gets one. Hogan sells a knee injury,
so Warrior lays in some kicks. Hogan fights back, andI
guess his knee has miraculously recovered. Monsoon
notes that Warrior was wise to roll Hogan back into
the ring, since you can't win the belt on a count-out.
This is the kind of thing that is sorely missing from
commentary these days. A couple of pin attempts by
higan, and it's chinlock time. Warrior fights back,
and they hit each other with probably the most
memorable double-clothesline in history. Warrior with
a snap suplex, and now a bearhug. Ergh. Nothing else
to add that you haven't seen before, as Warrior with
the splash to win the belt.
Another incoherent Sid promo. They have the market
Recap of the Jake/UT angle.
Jake Roberts vs. Jim Powers
Man, Jake's heel music was cool. I liked how they
patterned it after his original theme. Powers with a
headlock, Roberts with a belly-to-back, but Powers
holds on. Jake with a whip, and he sends Powers over
the top rope. Jake misses the short clothesline,
Powers fights back, but eventually falls victim to the
DDT. Brain says that Jake should DDT McGuirk. Good
idea, as long as he hits Lillian Garcia with one too.
Natural Disasters vs. Barry Horowitz/Kato
Jeez, one guy with talent, and he's going to get
killed in there. Kato gets powerslammed by Quake.
Ouch. Horowitz gets the tag and gets the vertical
splash for his trouble.
Vince interviews Hogan. Once again, nothing of note.
I have to think of a clever name for the summary/recap, but here goes:
The good: Although all but one of the first-run
matches were of the jobber variety, they actually were
entertaining. They didn't seem to plod along like a
lot of matches these days do. Granted, Flair and
Roberts were around their heelish prime, and their
antics made them even more enjoyable. I still dig
Michaels' constant overselling, especially the corner
shots. And the Flair/Savage stuff is great.
The bad: Although the Hogan matches are important on a
historical level, if it was anybody else, I think they
would have been booed out of the building. Still a
shame to see Paul Diamond wasted, especially being fed
to the Disasters.
The ugly: Too much Sid. Enough said.